Dressing the Dog, Chapter 17-Part One



Chapter 17 (Part One)


“This life is what you make it.’”

– Marilyn Monroe –



We were running low on our home-cooked food, so last night, Mummy set about to prepare a batch that would last us through the remainder of our trip.  It isn’t really rocket science – just some ground beef, rice and fresh-diced veggies… but it’s better for us than any store-bought food, and we have been eating this way for at least 10 years now.  Mummy loves cooking for us.  So much so that she even included a chapter of doggie recipes in our cookbook (you can find it in our on-line BOUTIQUE) so that other people could see how easy it is to cook for their own pups!  As she puttered around our postage stamp-sized kitchen in the AIRSTREAM, she felt Daddy’s eyes critically following her every movement.  “WHAT?!?!?” she finally exclaimed.  Daddy got up from the sofa where he was SUPPOSED to be watching TV and told her to just sit down… stating that she was taking too long and he could make it a WHOLE LOT FASTER!  -sigh –  Honestly, there was no need for speed.  We weren’t going anywhere.  We were “in” for the night.  What was the rush?  Mummy threw up her arms, went to the bedroom and began to read her book while the four of us yorkies stayed in the kitchen and waited anxiously for scraps of food to fall on the floor.  It didn’t take long for the smoke detector to begin blaring.  Something was on fire!!!  Mummy jumped up from the bed to investigate… and there by the sink stood Daddy, holding a tea towel that was scorched at one corner.  Mummy didn’t say a word.  She only exchanged a silent stare with Daddy to which he replied, “I KNOW!”  “Can I finish cooking their food now?” Mummy asked.  “Yes.”  That was all he said.  Oh brother.  I mean REALLY… all we want is some FOOD!  Does it have to be such an ordeal?  We really don’t give a flying fig who makes it.


The next morning we were packed up in record time and headed to Heber City, Utah where we planned to visit with our friends, “Owned By Yorkies.”  I had met them before when they lived in California, but Daddy and my sisters had NEVER met them so this would be a real treat for ALL OF US to meet as one huge yorkie family.  There would be a total of SEVEN YORKIES.  I mean WOW!  We were so excited we could hardly sit still while Mummy and Daddy got us all safely hooked into our carseats in the truck.  We had several hours of driving before arriving at our RV Park, and Mummy always wanted to make detours along the way.  Fortunately, in this area of the country, things were so beautiful that even Daddy was willing to make a side trip or two in order to see some of the sights.  Daddy was more of a “mountain man” and Mummy was more of a “city girl with one foot always in the ocean” so there was usually a tug-of-war going on when they wanted to see something on the road.  But up here in this part of the country… they both agreed.  It was pretty special up here.  We made a stop at a place called “Guardsman Pass” that was just outside Park City, Utah.  Man, it was just about at the TOP OF THE WORLD and Mummy told us that it was billed as one of the most famous drives in all of Utah!!!  There were beautiful wildflowers and aspen trees overlooking the little towns far below and I’ll admit that it truly took our breath away.


Driving in the truck for a long time can really get tiresome, even when you are looking at pretty things… so the next day we decided to check out the local festival that was going on in town.  There would be food vendors, crafts, music and lots of shops to explore… and it was a good chance to get out and stretch our legs.  Well, Mummy and Daddy would stretch THEIR legs and the four of us would be carried because we still didn’t have a stroller.  One hour later, we were still driving around looking for a parking place.  I kid you not.  ONE HOUR.  There was lots of good stuff to see at this fair, but if we didn’t find a place soon, the only thing that we were gonna see were the crowded streets, because Daddy had reached his limit.  At that very moment, a car pulled out of a PRIME SPOT and Daddy whipped in and the search was over.  The four of us tumbled out of our carseats in fits and starts and into our parents waiting arms.  Mummy carried two of us in a carrying bag on her shoulder, while Daddy carried the other two under his arms.  He had long ago refused to use the cute little chest carriers that Mummy had purchased for the trip.    –sigh- (We REALLY needed a stroller, but every time Mummy saw one in a pet store, he REFUSED to even discuss the matter.) We walked past lots of little blue outhouses all around the fair… in our part of the country they are called “Johnny-on-the-the-Jobs” but up here, they call them “Honey Buckets.”  I don’t like to talk badly about other people and their customs, but I’m just going to say that NOTHING about those things even remotely reminds you of honey.  Later, when Mummy said that she had to potty, Daddy laughed and suggested that she use one of the “Honey Buckets” and Mummy said that she would DIE FIRST… so there’s that.  We strolled around, ate lunch, posed for pictures and shopped.  Mummy found a SUPER COOL pair of faux-fur trimmed blue jeans that she was crazy about but Daddy said if she bought them, he would not go ANYWHERE with her if she wore them.  He said they looked like something CHER would wear and he couldn’t think of one single place where Mummy could even wear them.  She said she would wear them around the house.  He said even THERE they would not be appropriate.  LOLOLOLOLOL  She didn’t get the jeans, but to this day, she still thinks about them.


After several hours at the festival, we decided to head over to a little cheese shop in Midway, Utah that we had read about.  They were supposed to have some really good cheese and Mummy and Daddy wanted to get some to go with their wine.  Outside of the shop they had this really cute wooden cut-out display, where you stick your face in the hole and have your picture taken in a painted dairy scene.  “OH MY GOSH,” Mummy said…. “The girls will look so cute with their little faces sticking out of the holes!”  She got Daddy to hide behind the board and hold us up so that we could look through the holes… but it didn’t exactly go as planned.  Daddy was having to hold up the four of us with both hands, so he didn’t have an extra hand to guide our heads into the holes, and the four of us were struggling to stay in his hands, while fighting with each other to see out of the holes.  Addie Mae pushed ME out of the way so I couldn’t see out of my hole, and Katie and Tulip were not even paying attention to Mummy’s instructions AT ALL!  Daddy was behind the board yelling, “COME ON ALREADY!”  I was doing what I could to encourage my sisters to LISTEN TO MUMMY and look at the camera, but my words were lost in the wind.  I didn’t know what to do.  Honestly, I felt like a disappointed parent.  The whole thing was a disaster.  So you see, not all of our photoshoots are perfect!  The picture speaks for itself.


The next day was the 4th of July and we were FINALLY going to see our friends, “OWNED BY YORKIES.”  We were meeting at their house for a BBQ and playtime.  You have never seen so much barking and playing and happy faces until you see SEVEN LITTLE YORKIES get together with little wagging, nubby tails!  The group included Corinne, Priscilla, Georgia, Addie Mae, Tulip, Katie and Millie… and our parents, of course.  It was such a wonderful afternoon with lots of pictures taken, lots of running and playing, and licks all around.  Mummy and Ms. Nanette planned to have lunch the next day at Robert Redford’s resort, “Sundance.”  But that’s not exactly what happened.  Mummy LOVES Robert Redford and had HIGH HOPES that perhaps he would be eating lunch in the restaurant or something… but once they arrived, Ms. Nanette offered up another suggestion.  “How about doing the Zip Line that they have here?” That’s what she said. “Do you like to Zip Line?” Ummmmm, well… Mummy had never gone on a Zip Line but it SOUNDED interesting.  Was Robert up there???  No…  he was probably not up there.  Was he in the restaurant???  No… he was not there either.  Ummm… OK, Mummy said that perhaps they could change their plans and do the Zip Line then… since they weren’t going to see Robert Redford either way.  They got all outfitted up in their Zip Line gear/crash gear and headed up to the top of the mountain… on a ski lift.  “Wow,” Mummy said.  “This is a LONG WAY UP HERE!”  They went higher and higher into the heavens until they finally reached the last platform and were told to get off.  It was time.  To go down.  “Wow,” Mummy said.  “That is a LONG WAY DOWN THERE!”  Ms. Nanette claimed that she had Zip Lined before and loved it.  Mummy had never done it, although she does like roller coasters… but they were not that high and you are inside of some sort of CAR… not hanging out in heaven with the angels.  There was no time to think about it now and really, there was only one way down at this point.  They were both hooked up and informed how to speed up and how to slow down.  When you saw the approaching platform, you were required to start slowing down WAY IN ADVANCE in order to keep from crashing into the padded poles.  Yes… they got that part!!!!  Ms. Nanette went down MUCH FASTER than Mummy, who was more controlled, but still going very fast and SO HIGH above the treetops that there really wasn’t much point worrying about falling because… well, there was no chance of survival if you fell, so she just tried to enjoy the ride.  Things went pretty well at first… slowing down and stopping at each appropriate platform on the way down, until there was one last platform to go.  Mummy was glad that this was almost over.  While Daddy had spent the day fly-fishing, he thought she was eating lunch with “maybe” Robert Redford, when actually her life had been in mortal danger.  Only five minutes to go.  It was time to start slowing down… the platform was ahead.  But wait, something was WRONG!  The brake was not working properly!  Mummy pushed and pulled, and all she did was SPEED UP instead of SLOW DOWN!  She did everything she could and nothing happened.  Her life ACTUALLY flashed before her eyes.  Ms. Nanette was already standing on the platform waiting for Mummy.  The employees were all frantically waving their arms, screaming at her to SLOW DOWN.  It was no use.  The brakes were just not working right.  The platform was approaching.  Then the world went BLACK.  And then, there was light… people were everywhere.  Screaming, ARE YOU OK? ARE YOU OK?  WE NEED TO CALL AN AMBULANCE!  Mummy said that she was OK though.  She must have blacked out when she hit the padded pole, but she was OK.  She could move and nothing seemed to be hurt.  She explained that the brake would not work and she was unable to slow down.  She had to sign a bunch of waivers and in her haste to get out of there, she didn’t realize that she could have insisted that if Robert Redford come over to the platform… she would forget the whole incident.  She regrets this to this very day.  Her missed opportunity.


Ms. Nanette got Mummy back to the AIRSTREAM and made sure that she really WAS OK .  Daddy was already back from his fishing trip when they arrived, so we sat there and listened to the terrifying story while the two moms re-lived their afternoon experience.  Mummy said that she went to have lunch with Robert Redford and almost died in the process.  Daddy said that he would fix her a sandwich for dinner and she could eat with him instead, and Mummy just looked at him.  Daddy is so funny sometimes.  Everyone said goodbye because we had plans to leave for Colorado in the morning, but our trip to Utah had been one that none of us would ever forget.  We didn’t have much longer left of our “Summer Adventure” but there were still lots of exciting adventures ahead of us before we got home.



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  • Jeanie Drane

    29.05.2019 at 17:29 Reply

    Wowza what a experience,glad mummy was ok ,u all did have a time, glad all went well,love to read these adventures ,I could not get them on my lap top during ur vacation ,so happy to get to read them now l,love u all,bless u girls hearts glad u finally got to eat!!!!!

  • Susan Calvert

    29.05.2019 at 17:52 Reply

    Whew! I’m exhausted! That was a GREAT chapter!! I’m so glad that the zip-lining incident turned out ok…

  • Patricia L. Smith

    29.05.2019 at 17:57 Reply

    Oh goodness, you all did have an adventure!
    So very happy that everyone survived the Robert Redford misadventure!
    Love you all.💖💖

  • Laurie Heikoff

    29.05.2019 at 17:58 Reply

    Wow, what an experience! I am glad that your mummy was okay!!!

  • Susie Campbell

    29.05.2019 at 18:11 Reply

    Love this story!! Glad Mummy is ok!! You all sure do have some exciting adventures!

  • Sandy Fargo

    29.05.2019 at 19:07 Reply

    I love this story, but I’m sorry, I had to laugh at certain “parts”. I’m glad everything worked out and everyone was okay.
    Safe Travels!

    • millie larue

      29.05.2019 at 19:15 Reply

      That’sOK! We laugh too… now that it’s OVER! 😂😂😂

  • Mary Hamilton

    29.05.2019 at 19:11 Reply

    Wow! So glad Mummy was ok!!!! I would have been scared too!!!!! And guess daddy is slowly learning how much you girls need a stroller! Lolololol

  • Mary Ann Dahl

    29.05.2019 at 19:34 Reply

    Wow glad your mommy is okay! Out mommy thought about trying this but after reading this she said she’ll pass😂.

    • millie larue

      29.05.2019 at 19:53 Reply

      I am sure what happened is VERY RARE… but still it was scary to think what could have happened if she had been going FULL SPEED down the line!!!!

  • Lynn Davis

    29.05.2019 at 20:58 Reply

    Sounds like you all had quite the adventure! Glad that everyone survived! ❤

  • Barb Pesola

    29.05.2019 at 21:05 Reply

    I’ve been zip lining many times and thank god that never happened! I’m afraid of heights but the fact I jumped off a platform shows how much I love my daughter!

  • Linda Silvester

    29.05.2019 at 21:38 Reply

    Wow!!! Mommy sure is brave to have done that and thankfully she wasn’t injured.
    I am a bit confused though. Is this the trip you are on right now or is it one from a previous year?:
    Sending tons of hugs and love to each of you.

    • millie larue

      29.05.2019 at 22:21 Reply

      Ms Linda, we began this “epic tale” from the time that I came into the family and Mummy is helping me tell my LIFE STORY from
      That point forward. We are still a few years behind right now but are moving forward to the present day. Eventually we hope to catch up with the current date!!! LOLOLOL Millie larue

  • Phyllis Singler

    29.05.2019 at 22:16 Reply

    Wow!!! I will never ever go on a zip
    Line. So scary. I am glad mom is okay. Oh boy. Hugs to all of you💕

  • Susan Nicol

    29.05.2019 at 23:16 Reply

    This is so funny!! I’m laughing so hard I’m crying.
    Boy that daddy must make mommy crazy!
    Guess he better stay out of the kitchen. Next time give him a book to read and tell him don’t move. MOMMY ‘S GOT IT!!
    Hugs and y
    Oliver and mommy 💋💋💋

  • Judy Alter

    29.05.2019 at 23:23 Reply

    I remember hearing about this last summer.

  • Faye Lawrence

    30.05.2019 at 01:50 Reply

    Sounds exhilarating


    30.05.2019 at 05:20 Reply

    Wow!!! What a trip full of excitement and a little danger. I’m glad it all turned out well 💗

  • Carol Copeland

    30.05.2019 at 21:00 Reply

    I love zip lines but I hate having to do the brake! I like the ones that send you uphill to slow you down! How scary for you! Happy you had a great visit with Nanette! Sorry you didn’t get to see Robert Redford!

    • millie larue

      30.05.2019 at 21:23 Reply

      Ohhhhh having to go uphill to slow down is a GREAT IDEA!!!! That was what Mummy needed!

  • Billie Hall

    31.05.2019 at 03:56 Reply

    Oh my Beautiful Furbabies, how very funny. Sounds like you are having a wonderful time. I zip lined and I loved it. Would love to do it again. I even went sky diving once and I loved that too. Are there more pictures somewhere else besides at the top of this page?? Love you Precious Beautiful Furbabies.

    • millie larue

      31.05.2019 at 05:12 Reply

      Wow!!! Sky diving!!!! That sounds scary!!! The pictures on this post are the only ones that we have of this part of the trip. We try to include several pictures with each new CHAPTER UPDATE to our DRESSING THE DOG series.I hope that you have been following along since Chapter ONE… if not, just scroll back to the very beginning.

  • Jeanie Drane

    31.05.2019 at 14:56 Reply

    When we went to Cancin Mexico last year, we took my grandaughter for her 16th bday, so our week at Cancun was already planned, we got on a bus tour took us out in jungle,I thought oh my, they was all excited about zip lining ,they had did it several times I kept telling my son. I, dont think I w will,our tout guide was real kind, could not not speak well ,we dont none speak Spanish,my daughter in law ,a little,so we arrived in jungle ropes all around high up as I could see ,I thought no way for me,we was all in a group,u really didnt have choice,u had to Zip line to get to the other tours, they talked me into doing it, they was all cheering me on ,to fo people from ,zlIreland, Switzerland, so many different places, we could understand each other but they was getting hooked up me I was standing in the back they was flying in the high air like monkeys ,laughing until they was out of sight ,me and my husband was 2 left ,he went, thatched to try talk mecinto it, I am so short they had to pick me put me in all the gear , I thought lord I’ve lost my mind to do this, theyvshoved me out u could hear me screaming miles around, they was all clapping when I made it, finally last zip line came they kept getting higher,last one was across a beauful water fall blue water,in a cave ,there they all left out one by one,now I love to fly, afraid of heights,dont swim at all,I got hooked up they sent flying through the air ,I hit that cold water my feet couldn’t reach bottom ,they was all standing on a big rock,I was screaming no swimo no swimo,didn’t know Spanish for no swimming, my son jumped in hot me our tour guide fast as a flash jumped it got me ,their life jackets are better than ours in the USA,safety secure what a time ,now we are going back in Oct,I bet I font retcon a bus headed for jungle,I dont fo heights and no swimo!!!! But loved it there a beautiful country, nice people,

    • millie larue

      31.05.2019 at 15:53 Reply

      WOW!!!! What an experience you had!!! That sounds as exciting as my mummy’s!!!! It sounds like you had fun though 😘😘

  • Deborah Bright

    31.05.2019 at 18:22 Reply

    I would have passed out on that zip line even sooner than Mummy. That sounds like what would happen to me the brakes would stop working. I’d be crying for Robert Redford. Like Mummy I love him too.

  • Wendy Scoggins

    31.05.2019 at 22:43 Reply

    Oh wow! The brake failed! How horrible! Glad mummy was ok! Also glad daddy finally gave in about that stroller (on a different day in a different story I’m sure) ….. crazy to carry 4 around! And you all are so CUTE in your stroller!

  • Monica

    02.06.2019 at 01:26 Reply

    Such a great adventure !!! And glad your mummy didn’t get hurt!! Kissesssss 😜😘😘😘💜

  • Shirley A Bryant

    04.06.2019 at 00:46 Reply

    Sounds like another wonderful air streaming adventure for the Millie la Rue family.

  • Cindy Mckinlay

    15.07.2019 at 03:16 Reply

    I could have cane and seen all of you I live about 30 minutes from Heber city☺️ Have fun safe travels💗💗💕🐾💕🐾💕🐾💕🐾

    • Millie LaRue

      15.07.2019 at 03:21 Reply

      I am so sorry we missed seeing you on that trip. We always post our itinerary on our long travels so that anyone who lives nearby can contact us if they want to try and meet up with us. Perhaps we will be thru that way again and can meet with you. 😘❤️🐶

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